WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STUNS LEAGUE-LEADING QUINNIPIAC, 61-58
Quinnipiac Bobcats (15-4, 8-1 MAAC) - 58
Monmouth Hawks (9-8, 4-4 MAAC) - 61
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Freshman Rosa Graham hit six free throws in the last 1:15 to help the Monmouth University women’s basketball team stun league-leading Quinnipiac on Thursday morning, 61-58. The win snapped Quinnipiac’s 8-0 MAAC record and seven-game winning streak, and marked the first meeting between the teams since the Bobcats defeated the Hawks in the MAAC Semifinals last season. Freshman Kayla Shaw added 20 points on four three-pointers in the win, which was one shy of her career-high 21 points. The Hawks improve to 9-8 on the season and 4-4 in the conference, and will travel to Iona this Sunday to look for their third straight win.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“I’m so excited for these guys, I can’t even catch my breath. Quinnipiac is one of the toughest teams in the conference for a lot of reasons. Their sheer toughness pulls them through games like this, and I was just so proud of our girls that we were able to match that and execute down the stretch and pull this one out.” – Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
“It’s huge, she’s great from the foul line. I’d put her there ten out of ten times. I have all the confidence in the world in her.” - Palmateer on Graham’s free throws
“I just knew that’s what my team needed me for as their point guard, because I’m who they go after at the end. We know Quinnipiac is a top team in the conference so it gives us more confidence to win our conference heading into the tournament.” – Freshman guard Rosa Graham
-Monmouth and Quinnipiac were tied after the first quarter at 17, but the Bobcats used a 7-0 run at the end of the second quarter to build a 35-28 lead into halftime.
-MU outscored Quinnipiac 33-23 in the second half, including a five-point margin in both the third and fourth quarters.
-Alexa Middleton’s free throw with 8:54 remaining in the game gave Monmouth its first lead since midway through the second quarter at 49-48.
-After QU tied it back up with a three, guard Helena Kurt’s layup put Monmouth back on top at 53-51 with 6:13 left in the fourth.
-Monmouth trailed by one with 2:30 left in the game. Graham stepped to the line with 1:15 remaining, burying two free throws to put the Hawks back on top. After Strautmane’s jumper gave Quinnipiac the 58-57 lead, Graham sunk another two free throws to give MU the 59-58 lead with 0.57 seconds remaining.
-Two big defensive stops with less than 47 seconds left, along with two more Graham free throws, sealed the three-point win for Monmouth.
-Monmouth held Quinnipiac to 19-75 (25.3%) from the floor and 6-22 (27.3%) from deep.
-All four of Shaw’s three-pointers came in the first half, as she scored 12 points in that span. The freshman has now scored in double-figures 11 times this season, which leads the team.
-Both teams only had one score in double-figures, as Shaw had 20 for Monmouth and forward Paula Strautmane scored 12 for Quinnipiac.
-Monmouth’s bench was outscored for just the second time this season, as the Bobcats ended with the 34-23 advantage.
-Quinnipiac outrebounded the Hawks, 58-46. The Bobcats’ 58 boards were the most against Monmouth this season.
-The Hawks went 14-23 (60.9%) from the line in the game, including Graham’s clutch free throws late in the fourth quarter.
-With her three-point basket in the first quarter, senior Tyese Purvis took sole possession of 10th all-time for three-point field goals made (109).
-The OceanFirst Bank Center was packed for Kid’s Day, ending in a season-high attendance of 2,983.
Monmouth seeks its third straight win on Sunday, when it travels to New Rochelle, NY for a 2 PM matchup with Iona.